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Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment

kaiserhealthnews.org — A group of Wall Street analysts predicted Friday that enrollment in health law insurance plans will be higher than the 9 million projected by the Obama administration because insurers are aggressively courting new customers and more small businesses are likely to send workers to the online exchanges in 2015.
Nov 21, 2014

@Julie_appleby reports: Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment wp.me/pvY1d-283C via @khnews

Nov 21, 2014

Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment wp.me/pvY1d-283C via @khnews

Nov 21, 2014

Some Wall Street analysts expect more enrollment in ACA plans than does HHS ow.ly/EGyvO

Nov 21, 2014

Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment. Here's why: khne.ws/1ukcYUF

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can’t Afford To Buy Coverage

kaiserhealthnews.org — Just days before the health law's marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. That was by far the most common reason given by people who expect to stay uninsured next year, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @KHNews: 1/4 of uninsured say they can't afford to buy health insurance and expect to remain uninsured: khne.ws/1ujDvl6

Nov 21, 2014

1/4 of uninsured say they can't afford to buy health insurance and expect to remain uninsured: khne.ws/1ujDvl6

FAQ: Dental And Vision Care Part Of ‘Essential Benefits’ For Kids

kaiserhealthnews.org — One part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to improve dental coverage for children, an extension of efforts by public health advocates that followed the 2007 death of a Maryland boy named Deamonte Driver, who was killed by a bacterial infection that spread from an abscessed tooth to his brain.

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can't Afford To Buy Coverage

kaiserhealthnews.org — Just days before the health law's marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. That was by far the most common reason given by people who expect to stay uninsured next year, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @HuffPostBiz: A quarter of uninsured say they can't afford to buy coverage huff.to/1r5VjQB

Summary Of A 1993 Republican Health Reform Plan

kaiserhealthnews.org — In November, 1993, Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., introduced what was considered to be one of the main Republican health overhaul proposals: "A bill to provide comprehensive reform of the health care system of the United States." Titled the "Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993," it had 21 co-sponsors, including two Democrats (Sens.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @larry_levitt: The origins of health reform plans are tricky. e.g., Chafee's 1993 alternative to the Clinton plan is very ACA-like. kaiserhealthnews.org/news/gop-1993-…

Seniors’ Obesity-Counseling Benefit Goes Largely Unused

kaiserhealthnews.org — Three years ago, the Obama administration offered hope to millions of overweight seniors when it announced Medicare would offer free weight-loss counseling. Officials estimated that about 30 percent of seniors are obese and therefore eligible for counseling services, which studies have shown improve the odds of significant weight loss.

Costly Hepatitis C Treatments Help Drive 12 Percent Drug Spending Jump

kaiserhealthnews.org — After several years of modest increases, American spending on medications is projected to shoot up by 12 percent this year, pushing the nation's drug bill to between $375 billion and $385 billion, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @StateofReform: Sovaldi helped drive 12% drug spending jump this year, up to $375bn: ow.ly/EBOcG via @KHNews

GOP Governors Eyeing 2016 Presidential Runs Wrestle With Medicaid Expansion

kaiserhealthnews.org — The health law's expansion of the low-income health insurance program was a hot topic at this week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Florida. Meanwhile, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled his Medicaid plan for the state.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @KHNews: You're eyeing a 2016 presidential run. You're a Republican. What should you do about the #Medicaid expansion? khne.ws/14RyVWy

Study: American Seniors Face Health Care Gaps, Despite Medicare

kaiserhealthnews.org — Americans older than 65 are more likely to have chronic illnesses and to say they struggle to afford health care - despite qualifying for the federal Medicare program - than are seniors in other industrialized countries, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs.
Nov 20, 2014

Study: American Seniors Face Health Care Gaps, Despite Medicare wp.me/pvY1d-27Ue via @khnews

California’s Managed Care Project For Poor Seniors Faces Backlash

kaiserhealthnews.org — California's experiment aimed at moving almost 500,000 low-income seniors and disabled people automatically into managed care has been rife with problems in its first six months, leading to widespread confusion, frustration and resistance. Many beneficiaries have received stacks of paperwork they don't understand.
Nov 19, 2014

California’s Managed Care Project For Poor Seniors Faces Backlash wp.me/pvY1d-27wW via @khnews

Nov 19, 2014

CA's experiment moving dual Medi-Cal/Medicare members into managed care rife w/problems + 44% opted out kaiserhealthnews.org/news/californi… @annagorman

Nov 19, 2014

RT @aawayne: California is trying to put poor seniors into private-sector health plans. It's not going well. By @annagorman kaiserhealthnews.org/news/californi…

Nov 19, 2014

California is trying to put poor seniors into private-sector health plans. It's not going well. By @annagorman kaiserhealthnews.org/news/californi…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @chadterhune: California’s managed-care project for poor seniors faces backlash, reports @annagorman #duals wp.me/pvY1d-27wW

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Big Changes For 2015 Workplace Plans: Watch Out For These Six Possible Pitfalls

kaiserhealthnews.org — You don't get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you're not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans - where most working-age folks get coverage - are changing too.
Nov 19, 2014

Watch out for these 6 possible pitfalls when considering your employer's 2015 health insurance plan: khne.ws/11iqWzN

Nov 19, 2014

RT @annagorman: Big Changes For 2015 Workplace Plans: Watch Out For These Six Possible Pitfalls wp.me/pvY1d-27Ij via @khnews

Nov 19, 2014

Big Changes For 2015 Workplace Plans: Watch Out For These Six Possible Pitfalls wp.me/pvY1d-27Ij via @khnews

As California Expands Medicaid To New Beneficiaries, Many Others Are Dropped

kaiserhealthnews.org — When it comes to expanding health coverage to its poorest residents, California could be taking two steps forward and one step back. Even as the state celebrates its enrollment of more than 2.7 million low-income Californians in Medi-Cal in 2014, it may drop an unusually high number of beneficiaries from its rolls by year's end.
Nov 19, 2014

As California Expands Medicaid To New Beneficiaries, Many Others Are Dropped wp.me/pvY1d-27J5 via @khnews

Nov 18, 2014

As California Expands Medicaid To 2.7 Mil New Beneficiaries, Another Million Could Be Dropped. My latest via @KHNews kaiserhealthnews.org/news/as-califo…

Nov 18, 2014

A million #Medi-Cal beneficiaries could be getting terminated just in time for Thanksgiving wp.me/pvY1d-27J5 via @khnews

Pacemakers Get Hacked On TV, But Could It Happen In Real Life?

kaiserhealthnews.org — Jay Radcliffe breaks into medical devices for a living, testing for vulnerabilities as a security researcher. He's also a diabetic, and gives himself insulin injections instead of relying on an automated insulin pump, which he says could be hacked. "I'd rather stab myself six times a day with a needle and syringe," Radcliffe recently told security experts meeting near Washington, D.C.